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NEW RULES FOR ASHES 2006 TEST MATCHES

Following Australia's abysmal performance in their tour of England, The International Cricket Council has imposed a new set of rules for the up coming Ashes series to make the contest more even.


1) England will be placed under strict "tip and run" restrictions which require they take a run off every ball they hit. Michael Vaughan was happy to accept this, as it meant no change to his current game plan.


2) In addition, Australia have been granted an automatic wickie, freeing up wicket keeper Adam Gilchrist to defend the boundary. Under the rule, English batsmen will be deemed out "caught behind" if the ball nicks their bat and lands in the immediate area behind the wicket. The rule is a compromise from the original Australian proposal which had pushed for automatic slips as well.


3) It was also agreed that the English will also have to shout out the word "wickets" when completing a run to make run out decisions by umpires easier.


4) Following his outstanding performances, Andrew Flintoff has had "six and out" restrictions imposed on him. As well, following complaints from Australian fielders, Flintoff will have to get the ball if it goes across the road.


5) Instead of using a bat, Andrew Strauss will now be obliged to use his arm with his jumper wrapped around it.


6) New rules for Australia include "one hand, one bounce" while they are fielding, and the provision of "last man carries" when they are batting.


7) The Australians tried to extend the "can't get out first ball" provision to "can't get out first ten overs", but the ICC proclaimed that the extra runs gained would hardly be worth the effort.


8) The spokesperson added there will be "no LB" for Australian batsmen unless "it is really, really obvious."


9) Steve Harmison has conceded that its "fair enough" that he has to bowl underarm (but not molly grubbers) to the Australian tail end.


10) If Australia decide that Jason Gillespie is to be given an over, the umpire will deem the England batsmen as dismissed if Gillespie lands the ball anywhere on the pitch. Captain Michael Vaughan has no problems with this change, as the probability of such a dismissal occurring is infinitesimally small.





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